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first_imgThis week’s lettersHaving women in IT benefits all I am heartened to see the Government is finally encouraging women into ITwith the newly formed Champions Group (News, 22 January). The IT industry has been male dominated for too long. The number of women inIT is very low and, to my knowledge, the situation is not improving. Even whenwomen do join, they tend to take on traditional female roles, such as marketingor HR. The IT skills shortage is prevalent across many sectors, so there isplenty of opportunity for women to develop an exciting career. To help attract women, employers need to offer flexible workingarrangements. The IT industry is ideal for family life as departments can allowfor flexi-time or working from home. We also need to educate schoolgirls on thebenefits of the IT industry, as most view it as boring. This is an outdatedstereotype, with the IT sector having plenty to offer. Furthermore, many IT departments are missing out on skills that research hasshown that women are more likely to possess, such as communication skills andmulti-tasking. Carl Kemp Head of marketing, MSB International Atmosphere for happy workers The article ‘State of workplace hits staff productivity’ (News, 22 January)was a welcome investigation into the impact of work environments on staffmotivation. Office designs proved that cosmetically enhancing work environments was auseful weapon in the war for talent, but now the focus has shifted todelivering competitive advantage through the dynamics of the workplace. Productivity is impaired if employees don’t feel happy in their office. Butequally important for improved productivity is ease of communication betweenteams and departments. Staff need to be involved in work space development. Their knowledge andexperience will be imperative when developing the ideal environment. It shouldbe achieved through a carefully implemented consultation pro-cess thatencourages staff buy-in and fosters a sense of value. The way to exploit the correlation between productivity and environment isto ensure all aspects of the workspace are considered and aligned with thebusiness objectives. Richard Taylor Director, Corpra It’s people who live the brands The suggestion that City analysts should take human collateral intoconsideration when evaluating a company’s worth in ‘More than just a number’ isan interesting idea (Feature, 8 January). It is only recently that the City has accepted that brands have real valuefor an organisation and can contribute to the bottom line. It accepts that acompany is more than just bricks and mortar and that a strong, well-establishedbrand has value that should be factored into its valuations. If analysts accept brands contribute value to companies, they must acceptthat staff play a vital role in success. They make the brand proposition cometo life. Brands cannot thrive without staff who understand and buy into thebrand’s positioning, promote and nurture its identity and values. Andrew Johnson Sales and marketing director, Virgin Incentives Outsourcing is all about quality I take issue with the Editor’s opinion (8 January) that outsourcing isentirely driven by needs to cut costs. There are many other benefits – the mostimportant being an improved level of service for customers and staff. In these trying times where the challenge for organisations is to retaintheir best talent and keep workforces motivated, anything that allows HR toconcentrate on the softer aspects of their role – such as the development ofkey staff – is worthwhile. Also, by linking up with a reputable service provider the company gainsaccess to a wealth of expert knowledge and advice. This can result in improvedcustomer satisfaction levels and can help prevent costly mistakes. It does not mean loss of control. Systems can be implemented that allowclients to monitor and track procedures, maintain control and easily identifycosts. David Kneeshaw Chief executive, Propeller Comments are closed. LettersOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Closings underway at Queens’ tallest building

first_img Email Address* condoslong island cityResidential Real Estate Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces, said the incentives the brokerage offered to buyers and their agents changed every month to compensate for the tough market. Those incentives ranged from $5,000 gift cards for agents who brought in buyers, to having closing costs covered by the developer, Chris Jiashu Xu.Xu developed the tower alongside Risland US Holdings and FSA Capital, and financed the project with a $502 million construction loan from a consortium of lenders led by JPMorgan Chase.Prices for units in the building range from $600,000 to just over $3 million. Nest Seekers International’s new development arm is also marketing units in the building, according to the project’s website.Contact Erin Hudson Message* Tags Chris Jiashu Xu and Long Island City’s Skyline Tower. (Skyline Tower)The tallest building in Queens, Skyline Tower, is on its way to potentially breaking a record.About 41 percent of the 801 units in the Long Island City condominium are in contract, according to Modern Spaces, which has been handling marketing and sales at the building since 2018. The first set of closings began last month.The 67-story tower is aiming for a sellout of $1.09 billion, according to filings with the Attorney General’s office. It’s the first condo in the borough to try for a billion-dollar sellout.Selling units at the building is a tall order in and of itself, considering the glut of unsold condos in Long Island City. Last summer, nearly 60 percent of units built since 2018 were reportedly languishing on the market.ADVERTISEMENTRead morecenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Chris Xu’s record-breaking LIC condo tower aims for $1B sellout“You’ve either made the wrong shoes, or you’ve made too many”: LIC faces a serious condo glutA luxury development in LIC is to blame for viral subway flooding video: MTA Share via Shortlink Full Name*last_img read more

Vertebrate records in polar sediments: Biological responses to past climate change and human activities

first_imgBiological responses to climate and environmental changes in remote polar regions are of increasing interest in global change research. Terrestrial and marine polar ecosystems have suffered from impacts of both rapid climate change and intense human activities, and large fluctuations in the population sizes of seabirds, seals, and Antarctic krill have been observed in the past decades. To understand the mechanisms driving these regime shifts in polar ecosystems, it is important to first distinguish the influences of natural forcing from anthropogenic activities. Therefore, investigations of past changes of polar ecosystems prior to human contact are relevant for placing recent human-induced changes within a long-term historical context. Here we focus our review on the fossil, sub-fossil, archaeological, and biogeochemical remains of marine vertebrates in polar sediments. These remains include well-preserved tissues such as bones, hairs and feathers, and biogeochemical markers and other proxy indicators, including deposits of guano and excrement, which can accumulate in lake and terrestrial sediments over thousands of years. Analyses of these remains have provided insight into both natural and anthropogenic impacts on marine vertebrates over millennia and have helped identify the causal agents for these impacts. Furthermore, land-based seabirds and marine mammals have been shown to play an important role as bio-vectors in polar environments as they transport significant amounts of nutrients and anthropogenic contaminants between ocean and terrestrial ecosystems.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/22/20

first_imgSeptember 23, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/22/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUENY Mets 5, Tampa Bay 2St. Louis 5, Kansas City 0Arizona 7, Texas 0LA Angels 4, San Diego 2LA Dodgers 7, Oakland 2AMERICAN LEAGUECleveland 5, Chi White Sox 3NY Yankees 12, Toronto 1Boston 8, Baltimore 3Minnesota 5, Detroit 4Houston 6, Seattle 1NATIONAL LEAGUEWashington 5, Philadelphia 1Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2Washington 8, Philadelphia 7Pittsburgh 3, Chi Cubs 2Atlanta 11, Miami 1San Francisco 5, Colorado 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSDenver 114, LA Lakers 106 (LA leads 2-1)WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSLas Vegas 83, Connecticut 75Seattle 88, Minnesota 86Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Acorn signs up to offer clients popular home set-up service

first_imgAcorn, one of the London’s largest multi-brand estate agency groups, has signed up with home set-up service Just Move In.The 38-branch estate agency group, which includes Acorn, Langford & Russell and John Payne, says its partnering with the service to help upgrade its clients’ customer service experience.Just Move In will now help its clients notify both councils and water, sewerage and energy companies of their moves, as well as making recommendations on broadband, media, insurance, removals, storage, cleaning and other home-related services.Paul Deveney (pictured), a main board director at Acorn, says: “We’re very pleased to be partnering with Just Move In – their approach to customer experience aligns with our own and we know our clients will appreciate the level of service they’ll be given as they move in and out of our properties.”Ross Nichols (pictured), co-founder of Just Move In, says: “Acorn is one of the leading agencies in London, so it’s a privilege to be working with their team.“We’ve seen a large increase in the number of people looking for home-setup services during the last year, which we expect to continue in 2021. “Moving home is stressful enough anyway but add to that a pandemic and a national lockdown and the levels of anxiety and lack of time are exacerbated.”Just Move In – which is a certified B Corporation green company – says it has an ambitious growth strategy this year including more agency tie-ups and the launch of a new product in the Spring.The Acorn Group Paul Deveney Langford & Russell John Payne Just Move In Ross Nichols February 17, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Acorn signs up to offer clients popular home set-up service previous nextAgencies & PeopleAcorn signs up to offer clients popular home set-up serviceAcorn’s 38 branches and three brands will now offer their clients the Just Move In service.Nigel Lewis17th February 202101,733 Viewslast_img read more

MCA: 12 Foreign Flagged Ships under Detention in UK Ports in May

first_img Authorities View post tag: UK View post tag: may View post tag: 12 View post tag: ships View post tag: Detention View post tag: ports MCA: 12 Foreign Flagged Ships under Detention in UK Ports in May July 6, 2012 View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Flagged View post tag: MCA View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today MCA: 12 Foreign Flagged Ships under Detention in UK Ports in May View post tag: Foreign The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 12 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2012 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during May 2012 and six vessels remained under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 2.81% this is down from April’s twelve month rate.Out of the detained vessels ten were registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list, one was registered with a flag state on the grey list, none were registered with a flag state on the black list and one was unregistered.1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson’s Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (2009/16/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes full details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.2. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Where a ship is found to be deficient or lacks the required documentation, Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyors can take a range of actions leading to detention in serious cases. The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as Thetis. This allows the ships of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.3. Detained ships have to satisfy surveyors that remedial work has been carried out before they are allowed to leave port.4. When applicable the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory Surveys for the safe operation of regular Ro-Ro ferry and high speed passenger craft services (1999/35/EU).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 6, 2012; Image: MCA Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Bangor Pays Visit to Bangor

first_img View post tag: HMS Bangor The 52.7-metre ship, which usually makes her home at Faslane, will go alongside at Eisenhower Pier – she will remain there until Monday September 8.The ship will open to visitors on both Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 from 12-4pm on each day. Last entry to the ship will be at 3.30pm.[mappress]Press Release, September 04, 2014; Image: UK Navy View post tag: Navy September 4, 2014 Sandown-Class mine hunter, HMS Bangor, sails into Bangor tomorrow (Friday September 5) for the start of a 4 day visit to its affiliated town in County Down, Northern Ireland. View post tag: Visit View post tag: Bangor View post tag: europe Authorities HMS Bangor Pays Visit to Bangor View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Bangor Pays Visit to Bangor View post tag: Pays Share this articlelast_img read more

AUGUST 24, 2016 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Thursday or Friday.Todays READERS POLL question is: If the election was held today for United States Senator who would you vote for?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Watch Chris Thile, Richard Dworsky, and The First-Call Radio Players Cover Vulfpeck

first_imgIn November of 2017, the critically acclaimed national radio show, A Prairie Home Companion–now known as Live From Here–broadcasted from San Diego Civic Theatre, inviting comedian Maria Bamford and musical acts Nickel Creek and Fantastic Negrito to appear during the two-hour program. One particularly special moment during the show was when Chris Thile with Richard Dworsky and The First-Call Radio Players (composed of Brittany Haas, fiddle; Chris Eldridge, guitar; Alan Hampton, bass; and Ted Poor, percussion) covered “Fugue State” off Vulfpeck’s 2014 album by the same name.With Chris Thile at the helm on the mandolin, the cover is truly a treat, particularly considering Vulfpeck’s meteoric ascent as one of the most-buzzed-about acts not only in the scene but in the music industry at large. Watch Chris Thile, Richard Dworsky, and The First-Call Radio Players’ cover of Vulfpeck’s “Fugue State” on A Prairie Home Companion below.[Video: A Prairie Home Companion]last_img read more

2016–17 Tazuko Ajiro Monane and Noma-Reischauer Prizes awarded

first_imgThis year’s Tazuko Ajiro Monane and Noma-Reischauer Awards Ceremony, an annual tradition co-hosted by Harvard’s Japanese Language Program and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, honored a record number of students for achievements in Japanese language and humanities. The ceremony brought together an audience of over fifty attendees last Friday to celebrate the five 2016–2017 prize winners, all of whom demonstrated exceptional skill in areas ranging from conversational Japanese to translation of medieval Japanese texts to a cultural reading of femininity in Japanese society. Wesley Jacobsen, Director of the Japanese Language Program and Professor of the Practice of Japanese Language, opened the evening’s festivities by recognizing Monane Award recipients Ashley “Ash” Asencios ’17 and Shane Campayne ’19, both concentrators in East Asian Studies. Read Full Storylast_img read more